It’s the best time of the year!
No, it’s not Christmas, though stores are already trying to convince you otherwise. It’s Halloween! Spooks, candy, and amazing fall colors are everywhere. The weather is changing, time has ‘fell’ back, and the first question on most people’s minds is
‘What are you dressing up as this year?’
If you have kids, this question can be met with a myriad of ever-changing ideas and wants. The price of costumes continues to rise and all of them come wrapped in individual plastic bags that you have to dispose of later. That’s not so cool! Making your own costume instead of buying store bought, super cool. Reusing materials you already have to make the costume, the coolest.
Here is how to make your own garbage truck costume for any age.
Step One: Assemble!
Gather a large and a small box, scissors or a box cutter, glue, ribbon, paint, and any decorations you’d like to use.
Step Two: Cut!
Cut off all flaps from the large box. Depending on the size of your small box, you made need to cut that as well. We cut ours in half to make it the right size for our truck’s “cab.”
Step Three: Paint!
Paint the sides of each box. We recommend using acrylic paint as it washes off skin with water. Please be careful of your clothes!
Step Five: Wheel it!
Cut out four round circles from your discarded cardboard flaps to use as wheels. You can paint these circles if you’d like, or you can simply print out big black circles and glue them on like we did.
Step Six: Stick ‘em on!
Adhere your “wheels” to the side of your truck. We found that a hot glue gun works best for this.
Step Seven: Decorate!
This is the fun part! Decorate your truck however you would like. We added some American Disposal logos, eyes, a “trashy” license plate, and our favorite little racoon ‘Scooter’!
Step Eight: Tie it!
Cut your ribbon according to who is going to be wearing it and where your truck should hang. We stapled these ribbons in place and cut them in the middle to allow customization.
Step Nine: Wear it!
Put that bad boy on! No longer do your children have to stare longingly out the window at a passing recycling truck. They are the truck!
Hop on over to our ThinkBeforeYouThrow Facebook Recycling Group and show us your trucks!